Chelsea legend: Why I wasn’t surprised by Alexis Sanchez’s Arsenal injury blow
Pat Nevin says he wasn't surprised to see Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez succumb to hamstring injury
Arsene Wenger took a massive risk after failing to heed the warnings over Alexis Sanchez’s hamstring issue, according to Chelsea legend Pat Nevin.
After setting up Mesut Ozil for the Gunners’ opener in the first half at Carrow Road, Sanchez was forced off on the hour-mark after appearing to pull his hamstring.
I’m not surprised it happened. He had the warnings and he didn’t heed it
Arsenal are now waiting to assess the extent of Sanchez’s problem, with defender Laurent Koscielny also forced off early on in the game with a hip injury.
Wenger had spoken about Sanchez’s “hamstring alarm” following their mid-week 3-0 win against Dinamo Zagreb ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash.
Former Chelsea midfielder Nevin was critical of Wenger for failing to heed the warning signs over his £35m signing.
“When you’ve had a hamstring niggle and you’re a quickie, those are the types of players you have to be wary of,” Nevin told Newstalk’s Off The Ball.
“It was a massive risk. The amount of games he played over the summer, too. If you talk to those type of players, it is their biggest fear. It wasn’t one to take a chance on.
“When he is going to get a rest? They have the Champions League coming up, so it was going to be hard to give him a rest. Maybe he was thinking no game this mid-week so he can get a rest for six or seven days.
“I’m not surprised it happened. He had the warnings and he didn’t heed it.”
Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Norwich left Arsenal in fourth place in the Premier League table and two points behind leaders Manchester City.
Sanchez has scored six times in 14 Premier League games for the Gunners this season.
The Chilean has failed to find the net in his last five Premier League outings.